Supreme Court redistricting decision could reshape politics


ASKED TO USE CAUTION AND CALL 911.ROBERT:IN A FAR-REACHING DECISION THAT WILL IMPACT YOUR STATE, CITY, AND FEDERAL LEADERS – THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT RULED IT COULD NOT OVERTURN LEGISLATIVE MAPS THAT ARE DRAWN TO FAVOR ONE POLITICAL PARTY OVER ANOTHER. KXAN’S POLITICAL REPORTER PHIL PRAZAN IS HERE TO EXPLAIN WHY A CASE OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA MATTERS TO TEXAS. PHIL:ROBERT AND SYDNEY… THIS IS THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT OF LLOYD DOGGETT.HE’S THE ONLY DEMOCRAT REPRESENTING OUR AREA IN CONGRESS. THE OTHERS ARE REPUBLICANS… IN THE OTHERS ARE THE OTHERS ARE REPUBLICANS… IN THE MOST LIBERAL COUNTY IN THE STATE.BUT WE COULD SEE MORE OF THESE FUNNY… ODD… AND COMPLICATED LEGISLATIVE DISTRICTS THAT FAVOR ONE PARTY OVER THE OTHER.TODAY THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES SAID THEY WOULD NOT STEP IN TO STOP MAPS DRAWN TO FAVOR REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS — WHICH REMEMBER… ARE PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS.THEY’LL ONLY STEP IN IF IT FAVORS WHITE PEOPLE OVER MINORITY RACES.SO THIS RAISES THE STAKES FOR THIS NEXT ELECTION AND ALL OF YOUR LEADERS KNOW IT.STATE LAWMAKERS DRAW NEW MAPS AFTER EVERY CENSUS.THE CENSUS IS NEXT YEAR.RIGHT NOW, BOTH HOUSES OF THE LEGISLATURE ARE LED BY REPUBLICANS, BUT DEMOCRATS ARE ONLY 9 SEATS AWAY FROM TAKING OVER POWER IN THE HOUSE.PHIL:SO WHICHEVER PARTY WINS MORE SEATS THIS NEXT YEAR… WILL DRAW THE MAPS FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS.IF HISTORY SHOWS US ANYTHING… THEY’LL DRAW THE MAPS TO BENEFIT THE PARTY IN POWER. UNTIL THAT CHANGES ON THE BALLOT BOX… THAT PROCESS WILL CONTINUE TO FAVOR REPUBLICANS IN TEXAS.THIS ISSUE IS SURE TO COME UP TONIGHT IN NIGHT TWO OF THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE… WHICH I’LL BE




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